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Signs dedicated to Cole victims fixed

November 13, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

Signs dedicating the Interstate 81 bridge at Halfway Boulevard to two Washington County men killed in a terrorist attack on the USS Cole four years ago have been corrected and reinstalled - all in one day.

Linda Zerbee, traffic engineer with the State Highway Administration in Cumberland, Md., said the signs came down Friday morning, were taken to Baltimore and put back up Friday afternoon.

"We got the correct ranks from the U.S. Navy Web site," Zerbee said.

The date, which was off by two years, also was fixed.

The signs in the median of Halfway Boulevard have the names of U.S. Navy Fireman Patrick Roy and U.S. Navy Seaman Craig Wibberley and the date of their deaths, Oct. 12, 2000.

Zerbee said the agency decided to act quickly and had the incorrect signs overlaid with the new information so they could be put back in place immediately. The other choice of having the signs fabricated again from scratch would have involved a delay of at least a week.

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"We decided not to wait," she said.

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